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Sunday arts sessions monthly at the Busselton Orana

Suzanne AstonBusselton Dunsborough Times
Life of Pi National Theatre Live
Camera IconLife of Pi National Theatre Live Credit: Supplied

Arts fans will be able to watch performances filmed around the world in Busselton thanks to a new program at the Orana Cinema.

On February 25, the first session of “Sunday Arts” will kick off with a recording of “The Life of Pi” stage play, filmed at the National Theatre in London.

The Life of Pi stage play was recorded using multiple hi definition digital cameras, which is said to allow for an immersive experience for audiences.

The play boasts five Olivier awards, including best new play, and best actor, and the stage version of the story uses ultra-realistic, life size puppets to represent the animals including the central character, the Bengal Tiger.

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Reviews of National Theatre performance are incredibly positive with one reviewer describing the show as “Absolutely outstanding in every respect.”

Composer Ron Siemiginowski, who owns and operates the Orana chain of cinemas, aid he was excited to be launching the service in Busselton.

“None of this was possible before the digital age of cinema,” he said.

“However, we can now bring world class opera , live theatre, the visual arts, and ballet to an enthusiastic regional audience.”

The Sunday Arts sessions will build on the resounding success of the weekly Geographe Film Harvest screenings.

“This is a new level, we are screening live theatre in a way that has never been done before,” Mr Siemiginowski said.

The Life of Pi stage play will be shown at 3.30pm on February 25. Regular Sunday Arts sessions will be scheduled on the last Sunday of each month.

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